Finally: Katherine Heigl to Leave Grey's Anatomy

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Having become the perpetual subject of rumors for her unhappiness on the set, Katherine Heigl is finally leaving Grey's Anatomy after five seasons and change.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes has agreed to release the actress from her deal.

The question is why now, after she's been disgruntled with the series for over two years, but after she unexpectedly came back at the start of the current year?

Because after taking more than half the current season off to make another movie and hang with her adopted daughter, Heigl was scheduled to return March 1.

She did not show.

Katherine Heigl's tenure on Grey's Anatomy has climaxed.

A Heigl source claims that Katherine “was at home and ready to return to work.” Another insider, however, “insists that it’s much more complicated than that.”

Whatever happened, Heigl and ABC mutually decided that the best solution would be to part ways now, rather than waiting for the end of the current season.

Therefore, you've officially seen the last of Dr. Izzie Stevens. Clearly, no love is lost on either side as this ridiculous behind-the-scenes saga finally fades to black.

It's hard to imagine it being managed worse by either side, but it's over now. Will Heigl's career continue to take off? Or is she only hurting it by bolting Grey's?

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